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RIC OCASEK,
1944-2019
Bandleader, producer, A&R exec—an extraordinary career (9/16a)
RIHANNA FOLLOWS PLATT TO SONY/ATV
Loyalty in action (9/16a)
TAYLOR SWIFT JOINS THE VOICE AS MEGA MENTOR
Tay knows how to pick her spots. (9/16a)
BEYONCÉ ROARS IN PRIME TIME
So does Bey. (9/16a)
PTX UNWRAPS XMAS BEST OF, TOUR
Fa-la-la-la-la...cha-ching (9/16a)
MORE RAINMAKERS
The players who made it happen.
WHAT ABOUT THOSE LEAKS?
Even funnier in French.
RIHANNA'S ETA
And about $50m in funding.
THE BUNDLE BUNGLE
When will the rules change?
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RIC OCASEK,
1944-2019
Bandleader, producer, A&R exec—an extraordinary career (9/16a)
RIHANNA FOLLOWS PLATT TO SONY/ATV
Loyalty in action (9/16a)
TAYLOR SWIFT JOINS THE VOICE AS MEGA MENTOR
Tay knows how to pick her spots. (9/16a)
BEYONCÉ ROARS IN PRIME TIME
So does Bey. (9/16a)
PTX UNWRAPS XMAS BEST OF, TOUR
Fa-la-la-la-la...cha-ching (9/16a)
MORE RAINMAKERS
The players who made it happen.
WHAT ABOUT THOSE LEAKS?
Even funnier in French.
RIHANNA'S ETA
And about $50m in funding.
THE BUNDLE BUNGLE
When will the rules change?
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9/16/19

Jon Platt has brought Rihanna into the Sony/ATV Music Publishing fold, reuniting the two who worked together at Warner Chappell.


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NBC announced today that Taylor Swift will join the upcoming season of The Voice as a Mega Mentor. Swift previously assumed this role on the primetime hit back in 2014 for Season 7.


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Beyoncé and ABC announced on 9/15 that Making The Gift, an hour-long behind-the-scenes doc on Bey's Lion King-themed set, would air on Monday night, 9/16, at 10pm (9pmCT).


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Warner Chappell Music has signed a worldwide publishing deal with Jake Owen. The Big Loud recording artist has had seven #1 songs on Country radio including “Beachin’” and “I Was Jack (You Were Diane).”


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There’s another British breakthrough act making waves in the U.K. as the debut from Sam Fender, Hypersonic Missiles (Polydor), rockets toward #1, outselling the entire Top 5 combined. Over on singles, the trio of Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey is heading for the top.


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9/16/19

Our correspondent-at-large Michelle S. offers some thoughts on Post Malone's monster new set. As for that Ozzy track? "It's the stuff of legend, yo." (Also: Check out the new video for "Saint Tropez.")


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9/16/19

Republic's Post Malone storms the #1 spot on the current Top 50 chart with 492k+ for Hollywood's Bleeding, earning 2019's second-biggest bow. Labelmate Taylor Swift (who had the year's biggest debut two weeks back) holds onto #2 with another six-figure week. UMG enjoys a fearsome 66% marketshare, while WMG takes 19%, Sony 12% and the rest 3%. Click below to drill down into the digits.

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9/16/19

Ric Ocasek, the frontman, guitarist/singer and chief songwriter of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Cars, was found dead in his New York townhouse on Sunday. He was 75.


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9/16/19

RCA’s Pentatonix will tour the East Coast in early December following the 10/25 release of The Best of Pentatonix Christmas. The collection will include four new songs.


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9/16/19

UMG/Motown and The Root participated in a Congressional Black Caucus event in D.C. hosted by Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) on 9/13 that, among other things, saw the debut of a new take on Marvin Gaye's seminal "What's Going On." The new video for the timeless hit, directed by Savannah Leaf, involves an array of key activists including people who have been on the forefront of action in the wake of Flint's water crisis. Motown chief Ethiopia Habtemariam (among those pictured above) took a spot on the panel.


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An excerpt from our latest batch of industry-baller profiles.


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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel was honored with the Emmy for Outstanding Music Supervision for the second year in a row. Springsteen on Broadway, Ken Ehrlich’s Aretha Franklin tribute and the Paul McCartney episode of Carpool Karaoke also received awards at the Creative Arts Emmy ceremony.


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Post Malone's Hollywood's Bleeding (Republic) still controls the top of Spotify's daily U.S. streaming chart, with 14 tracks in the top 25. Ariana, Miley & Lana's Charlie's Angels anthem has a big entrance, as does Halsey's "Graveyard."


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We remember the late, great Eddie Money—who left us on 9/13—with this classic shipboard shot from San Francisco circa 1988. Seen assisting in the launch of "Walk on Water" are (l-r) Patty Martin, Money and Jim Burruss.


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In our latest cartoon cluster, the Lyor Rypor offers a weekly whine on Post Malone, Camila Cabello, Grammy and more.


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The latest edition of EA's massively popular fútbol game FIFA 20 includes two bountiful soundtracks featuring acts from more than 20 countries. And even if you have two left feet like EA music maven Steve Schnur, you’ll get a double kick out of this stadium-sized cornucopia of global grooves.


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You never know what you’re gonna get when you open our weekly assortment of trending topics—assuming you’ve been living under a rock. Otherwise, you’d be surprised if you didn’t find Post Malone, Monte Lipman, Harvey Mason Jr., “Graveyard” dweller Halsey, Crush’s hella-mega duo or the five other tasty selections in this week’s rectangular box.

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9/13/19

Capitol star Halsey confirmed late Thursday that her forthcoming full-length, Manic, will arrive 1/17, and released her new single, "Graveyard."


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Post Malone has scored his second #1 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart with Hollywood’s Bleeding (Island) finishing with double the combined sales of his closest competitor. Elsewhere, new Sony rapper Aitch is #3 on albums and #2 on singles.


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9/13/19

What's new in Vibe Raters? RCA's Rex Orange County. The Brit troubadour makes his debut on our round-up of buzzing acts that are poised to break. Check out his vital stats here.

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